Rockhampton man rents TV then trades them in to buy beer

WHEN David Rory Dawson rented a television, blu-ray player and laptop computer from RT Edwards one would presume he would head straight home to put them to good use.

Dawson, 39, instead traded them in for cash and headed to the nearest pub.

Dawson pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday to three charges of stealing and three of fraud.

The court heard after signing a lease agreement for the property in March this year he then took the blu-ray player to Cash Converters.

Because he said he didn't have any identification a friend signed the paperwork to obtain a $40 loan in exchange for the player and they both went and spent the money at the Post Office Hotel.

The next day they repeated the crime, this time at Speedi Cash, exchanging the laptop for $185, then spending $75 of that money at the same hotel.

On April 28 they then took the large screen television to Speedi Cash for a further $80 loan.

Described as having a borderline IQ and easily led, Dawson admitted he was always intending to do something fraudulent.

Judge Michael O'Driscoll said it was a crime where they were always going to be caught.

He fined Dawson one penalty of $1250 for all the charges plus ordered him to pay $305 restitution.



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